rogue one Kyber Crystals

Kyber crystals are an important part of Star Wars lore. The Force-attuned crystals are fundamental in the creation of lightsabers, and they were also a major component in the creation of the Death Star’s destructive superlaser, as seen in last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We found out in that film that the Empire had scoured the galaxy for any kyber crystals they could find in order to fuel the Death Star’s supply, eventually taking over Jedha City’s kyber crystal mines that were once guarded by the Jedi.

But now director Gareth Edwards has revealed some fascinating new information about why Jedha was so rich with kyber crystals: a kyber-heavy asteroid crashed there. But where did that asteroid originate? Read More »

Riz Ahmed's original rogue one character

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story available for digital download, we have been learning a lot more about John Knoll‘s original pitch for the film, Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, and the pre-reshoots cut of Gareth Edwards‘ movie. The latest bit of trivia gives us some insight on who Riz Ahmed‘s character, Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook, was in the original plans for the movie.

Let’s run down the details about Riz Ahmed’s original Rogue One character and how/why the story evolved to what we saw on the big screen.

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Rogue One trailer breakdown 31

Star Wars fans love legends. They love the expansive, complex, and seemingly infinite universe that George Lucas built 40 years ago. But they also love the mythology surrounding the moves themselves, the stories of the creative decisions behind iconic moments and the tales of how certain characters came to be. So is it any wonder that we’re obsessed with the original endings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Is anyone surprised that we’ve noticed all of the trailer shots seen in the movie and wondered what happened to them? It’s only natural.

Thanks to original screenwriter Gary Whitta, we now know a little bit more about the film’s original ending. No, not the ending glimpsed in the previews. The original ending. The one they never even shot. And now, we can take a closer look at all three Rogue One endings that existed at one time or another.

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han solo

Like a certain black-vested smuggler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may have shot first, but that doesn’t mean it will set the standard for the many Star Wars anthology films that will follow it. In fact, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards says the much-anticipated Han Solo prequel will take chances he never could.

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Rogue One Opening Crawl

One of the biggest departures from Star Wars tradition that was taken by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the lack of an opening crawl to set the stage for the movie to come. However, even though we didn’t see one in the final movie, we did find out that there was once an opening crawl that was part of the original draft of the script.

The existence of a Rogue One opening crawl was further confirmed just a few days ago when director Gareth Edwards confirmed in a Reddit AMA that Gary Whitta wrote one in the first draft of the script. But he said that we would have to bug him to find out what it entailed. Thankfully, someone was able to follow up with the writer, and now we have some clarification on the matter.

UPDATE: Apparently writer Gary Whitta’s memory isn’t what it used to be. It turns out the Rogue One opening crawl did exist in the first draft of the script, but was removed when he did revisions. He reached out to us on Twitter to clarify his previous comments. In addition, we got some brief details about what that opening crawl entailed. Our original story follows, and you can find the update with details on the opening crawl after the jump. Read More »

gareth edwards SXSW keynote

While the bulk of the Gareth Edwards-related headlines to come out of SXSW have to do with the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray and DVD release, the filmmaker was actually in Austin, Texas for a reason beyond talking about Star Wars with journalists and bloggers. He was actually there to talk about Star Wars in front of an enormous crowd as one of the fest’s keynote speakers.

Now, his entire keynote has been put online by SXSW, so non-attendees can watch the whole thing.

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Rogue One ending

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting home video in just a few weeks and director Gareth Edwards in attendance at SXSW for a different engagement, we were able to meet up for a spoiler-filled chat about the film’s third act. You may have already read our conversation about why the ending of the film was changed, but we also spoke about the Rogue One ending and that final battle’s giant body count…and how he thought he’d never get away with it.

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original rogue one ending

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards is a SXSW regular at this point. His first film, Monsters, premiered at the fest years ago. The first footage from his Godzilla screened there alongside a repertory screening of the 1954 original. And now, he’s back in Austin, Texas to deliver a keynote speech…and to answer questions about the upcoming home video release of the first Star Wars spin0ff.

I had a few precious minutes to speak with Edwards, and our spoiler-filled chat did include why the original ending of the film didn’t quite work, necessitating those reshoots everyone couldn’t stop talking about last year.

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Rogue One Trailer Shot - Jyn Erso Tunnel

We’ve covered quite extensively the many changes that were made to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after reshoots took place last summer. We’ve chronicled the many shots that were featured in marketing that didn’t end up in the movie, and we’ve even heard from the editors about which sequences in the final cut came about as a result of reshoots. Now we have word straight from director Gareth Edwards as to why one of the more prominent shots from the first Rogue One trailer (Jyn Erso in an Imperial tunnel, seen above) didn’t make it into the movie at all. And you might be surprised to learn as to why it even existed to begin with.

Find out why the Rogue One trailer shot above didn’t make it into the movie. Read More »

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gareth edwards on the set of rogue one

Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.

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